Thursday, April 23, 2015

Orlando Weekend Preview: April 24th - 26th, 2015

Photo by janeyesee / flickr
Weekend Events

The 15 Minutes of Fame Festival of Short Films is this Saturday and Sunday. Admission to all shows is free, with local and international movies screened in 45-minute blocks.

If MegaCon was too general for you, then you'll probably enjoy the very-specific Florida Anime Experience, a convention all about anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. The convention starts around 11:00am each day and tickets for Friday or Sunday are $20; free parking.

The Apopka Art and Foliage Festival is this Saturday and Sunday with lots of plant vendors, food stands, art, and entertainment. 

Friday, April 24th

Friday night means Nerdy Karaoke night at The Geek Easy (hidden in the back of A Comic Shop). Starting at 8:00pm, grab a drink special and belt your heart out.

Also in a nerdy vein, Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux hosts another APGD Cult Trivia Night, this Friday at 7:00pm, and it's all about Star Wars.

It's the last month of the Morse Museum's Open House until November, so visit the museum for free this Friday until 8:00pm. Starting at 5:00pm, enjoy music by Paint It  Black Orchestra and take part in a curator tour at 7:00pm. All free!

Come out for poetry, book signings, and drinks at the last Wine & Sign Fridays during National Poetry Month. Stop by Bookmark It at East End Market this Friday from 6:00 to 8:00pm. 

Saturday, April 25th

Happy Earthday! Celebrate our much-abused planet this Saturday at the Central Florida Earth Day 2015, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Lake Eola Park. This free event will include plenty of exhibits, booths, presentations, pet adoptions, and more.

Whether you're fighting off the plague or just hankering for a good brew, come out to the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Downtown Orlando for the Festival of Saint Arnold, with craft beer, wine, three food trucks, and cathedral tours; noon to 4:00pm.

Oktoberfest only comes once a year, but thank goodness there's also the Spring German Fest. This Saturday from 2:00pm until 11:00pm, come to the German American Society of Central Florida's half-timber hideaway up in Casselberry for Bavarian food, German beer, and live music; entry is $5.

The 10th Annual Downtown Pour is your chance to get sloshed taste great wines and other libations at over 100 stops. Pre-sale tickets are $20 to enjoy lots of wine samples, live music, art, and food for purchase.

Hardcore pubcrawlers should take note of the innuendo-rich Pussy Pump Pub Crawl, hosted by Tittie-Thyme this Saturday at 7:30pm. The free crawl starts at Wally's, where a rum and coke is really a quadruple shot of rum with a teaspoon of soda. 

Sunday, April 26th

The 15 Minutes of Fame Festival of Short Films is this Saturday and Sunday. Admission to all shows is free, with local and international movies screened in 45-minute blocks.

The still-kicking Bob Carr Theater is hosting MAYSfest 2015 this Sunday at 4:00pm featuring a choir accompanied by the Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony; tickets are $15. 

What are you up to this weekend? Leave a comment!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Orlando Weekend Preview: April 16th - 19th, 2015

New Refractions by Andrea Stanislav at Twelve21 Gallery
Weekend Events

The Florida Music Festival is back and trying something new this year: All shows will be free! That's right, all 150 bands, all 20 venues, all free. Check out the schedule to see what's happening this Thursday through Saturday. 

This weekend marks the final days of the second annual Orlando Tech Week. Events are going on this Thursday through Saturday, including the Ts & Ties Party on Friday and BarCamp Orlando on Saturday. 

It's also the final weekend of the 2015 Florida Film Festival, with movies and events. Be sure to check the schedule for everything that's going on.

Thursday, April 16th, and Friday, April 17th

We finally got our act together and are able to include all the great Third Thursday events happening downtown. As the slogan says, Art. Food. Tech. Biz. all come together in Downtown Orlando in a series of different events happening simultaneously: Gallery Hop, Taste of Church Street, Tech Meetup, and Business Networking. 

Literary readings, performance art, and mixed media: it's all at Literocalypse 13 this Thursday at 9:00pm at The Space Station (2539 Coolidge Ave.); byob, $2 suggested donation. 

Twelve21 Gallery is taking over The Orange Studio to bring you the Opening Reception: New Refractions this Friday. This is a free event featuring works by mixed-media artist Andrea Stanislav.

Saturday, April 18th

Lit alert! The UCF Book Festival is happening this Saturday from 10:00am to 3:30pm. This is a free event and open to the public with panels and workshops (schedule) covering every genre, from sci-fi and military history to craft beer and poetry, alongside plenty of events for kids and teens. 

The Florida Music Festival isn't the only place to catch free shows this weekend: the Orange County Spring Festival and Battle of the Bands is happening this Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Barnett Park.

And if you still can't get enough music, drop by Park Ave CDs in Audubon Park as they celebrate the 8th Annual Record Store Day. Come as early as 8:00am for some specials. 

Retromended Vintage is hosting another Garden Party & Spring Trunk Show in their lovely courtyard off Lake Ivanhoe. Stop by this Saturday between noon and 7:00pm to grab a drink and shop. 

After last week's crazy win over Portland, you won't want to miss this Saturday's Orlando City vs Columbus Crew Watch Party at the Harp & Celt. The game starts at 7:30pm. 

It's time for another Orlando Story Club! This month's theme is April Fools in Love, where 10 people who put their names in a hat will be drawn and invited on stage to tell a five minute story and the best story wins a prize. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and include drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 

Sunday, April 19th

Wind down this Sunday by seeing a move at the Florida Film Festival or stop by the Downtown Orlando Farmers Market for some breakfast and yoga. Alternatively, check out the It's Just Yoga festival at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte for plenty of donation-based classes this Sunday.

Monday Honorable Mention

This year's Spring Swap & Shop by Other Peoples Property is swapping its regular Friday timeslot and moving to Monday, April 20th, to kick of Earth Week in style. Be sure to stop by at the Winter Park Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Tip: Drop off your clothes at Credo by Sunday and join the fun for only $15. 

What are you up to this weekend? Leave a comment!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Orlando Weekend Preview: April 10th - 12th, 2015

It's MegaCon! Photo by Vincent Milum Jr
Weekend Events

The University of Central Florida is kicking off a whole week of great events at the Dr. Phillips Center with UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015. The events are free, but RSVPs are recommended (if you haven't RSVPd, empty seats will be filled on a first-come basis). There are over a dozen events just this weekend!

The 2015 Florida Film Festival kicks off this weekend and will screen over 170 movies between April 10th and 19th. The films are shown around town and tickets are generally around $9.

The Central Florida Native Plant Sale is your chance to have a beautiful, eco-friendly yard (unless you're us and kill everything that blooms). The sale is this Friday from 4:00 to 7:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. 

Friday, April 10th

The Bacchus Bash 2015 takes over Orlando Premium Outlets this Friday from 5:00 to 10:00pm with over 70 food and beverage booths; free but RSVP recommended.

It's the second Friday of the month, and that means Art & Music in the Park with Food Truck Bazaar will bring 15 trucks to Casselberry's Lake Concord Park. 

Saturday, April 11th

Pedalpalooza and Pancake Breakfast is a day of bikes, breakfast, and more bikes. The family-friendly bike event starts at 9:30am followed by breakfast at the Hammered Lamb ($15 for adults, $7 for kids).

This Saturday is Slow Art Day, and Snap! Orlando Presents: Slow Art Day 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00pm, a time to take in art and discuss it; free. 

Come out and Drink Around the World, hosted by Wall Street Plaza, Orlando Pub Crawl, and the Orlando Sports and Social Club. The event will be at the Orlando Sports and Social Club in Audubon Park; advance tickets are $20. 

Body//Talk is back in the Milk District this Saturday. This musical-intentional party starts at 10:00pm and will straddle Space Bar and Sandwich Bar, featuring six performances; $7 / $5 if you dress surreal.

Sunday, April 12th

This one's gonna be a nail-biter: Come out and watch Orlando City vs Portland Timbers this Sunday at 5:00pm at downtown's Harp & Celt. 

Wind down your weekend with a little family drama, violence, and simulated sexual intercourse. We're of course talking about the Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere Party, happening this Sunday at 8:00pm at the Geek Easy. Other activities may include promotional giveaways and the release of a GoT beer.

What are you up to this weekend, Orlandoans? Leave a comment!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Orlando Weekend Preview: April 3rd - 5th, 2015

Friday, April 3rd

Vanity shoot! First Friday: April Flowers Edition by Macbeth Photography is this Friday from 3:00 to 9:00pm. Walk in, grab a beer or wine, and get some photos taken for $20. 

First Fridays also means it's time for another edition of The Orlando Shuffle, a great way to immerse yourself in the world of vintage Florida. Just show up at 7:00pm, free, no experience necessary. 

Didn't get tickets to the OCSC game this weekend? Worry not: head over to Wall Street Plaza for the Orlando City vs. DC United Watch Party & After Party, starting at 7:00pm with $3 Heineken from 5:30 to 10:30pm. 

IndieNomicon turns two! Celebrate at the 2nd Annual Indiversary Party happening at Canvs this Friday at 7:00pm. Presentations, music, games, cake, oh my!

It's time for a classic at this month's Leu Gardens Date Night: Splendor in the Grass from 1961. The gardens open at 6:00pm; movie starts at 8:30pm. Bring a blanket, chairs, wine, and snacks; tickets are $6/free for members. 

Also, this month's Movie in the Park in Casselberry is The LEGO Movie.

Saturday, April 4th

Early-rising do-gooders, listen up: Body//Talk is partnering with IDEAS to host The Beach//Party, a beach party/eco-adventure/beach cleanup/fun in the sun. Meet at the UCF Visitor Center at 9:00am. 

Friday from 5:00 to 9:00pm and Saturday from noon to 5:00pm, stop by the FAVO 1st Friday/Saturday with artists, food trucks, and activities. 

Flowers, baked goods, vegetables, crafts, and--my favorite--gator jerky. It's all at the Winter Park Farmers' Market, this Saturday from 7:00am to 1:00pm. While you're there, check out the Morse Museum Open House, free from 9:30am to 4:00pm! (The Morse is also free this Friday and Sunday.)

Sunday, April 5th

If all the cuteness of Easter and the sweetness of too much candy is getting to you, you might be a candidate for this Sunday's Uncomfortable Brunch at Will's Pub. For $10, you get brunch, specials on mimosas and Bloody Marys, and a screening of Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom. 

Wind down your weekend with Open Mic at The Falcon, starting at 3:00pm. 

What did we miss? What are you up to this weekend? Post an event in the comments!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Orlando Weekend Preview: March 27th - 29th, 2015

Photo by Jeff Krause
Weekend Events

If you're never been to a rodeo, here's your chance: This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee hosts the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Times vary; tickets start at $15. 

Friday, March 27th

What has two wheels and is happening at 5:35pm this Friday? You on a bike! Check out this month's Orlando Critical Mass ride, starting at Loch Haven Park and looping all around the city. 

This Friday at 7:00pm, the Swimwear Fashion Show at Gilt features Florida-designed swimwear, a DJ, an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres (7:00-8:00pm), and it all benefits the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Tickets start at $15, or bring a friend take advantage of the 2-4-1 deal. 

The Hourglass Brewery in Longwood is hosting a free, all-ages show this Friday with Mutilation Rites, Mantar, Mindscar, and Ad Nauseum. (I'll let you guess what kind of music it is.) 

Saturday, March 28th

Rise and bike, Orlando! Join the Orlando Together Bike Rally and Parade this Saturday at 9:00am. The bike tour starts at Downtown Credo and culminates in a float-building contest and parade at Z L Riley Park.

Starting at 10:00am this Saturday, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk and Urban Art Festival features local and national artists, their processes, and their work, accompanied by live music and great food.

Up in Casselberry, check out the Spring Jazz and Art Festival, this Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Lake Concord Park. 

If you haven't seen the latest Snap! Space exhibit, Structure & Perspective, then definitely check it out this Saturday at 3:00pm during the Artist Panel Discussion (and even more so if you've seen the art and want to learn more). It's a free event, but be sure to RSVP.

Possible Fest takes the best of The Falcon's weekly Possible Mic open mic night and puts them all together in one show, which is happening this Saturday at 7:00pm.

Also this Saturday at 7:00pm is The Scene Alternative Hip-Hop Music & Art Festival, with live performances, live graffiti artists, and plenty of merchandise; tickets are $10. 

Sunday, March 29th

For a racy take on your favorite Disney characters, check out The Princess and the Pastie burlesque show. It's at The Venue this Sunday at 8:00pm (Saturday's show is already sold out) and tickets start at $20.

Every Sunday, downtown Orlando is taken over by brunchers, Sunday-funday-ers, and yogis. Check out the Orlando Farmers Market from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Yoga in Lake Eola Park at 11:00am. 

What are you up to this weekend, Orlando? Leave a comment!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekend Preview: March 20th - 22nd, 2015

Photo via Orlando Sentinel
Weekend Events

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival takes over Central Park this Friday through Sunday. In additional to approximately one million art vendors, be on the lookout for beer gardens, kids' activities, and live music. Oh, and don't forget to take SunRail to get there (see schedule), which is running for free this Saturday and Sunday!

Yes, it's 25 miles from Downtown. Yes, the website is written entirely in Comic Sans. Still, Fort Christmas Park is one of my personal favorites in Central Florida. This weekend, make the trek for the Fort Christmas Bluegrass and Craft Festival, with live music (obvs.), BBQ, homemade ice cream, and camps. Bring a lawn chair! Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

Friday, March 20th

House of Blues is hosting another edition of Orlando Rocks, featuring four bands: The Dropa Stone, The Passenger, FunkUs, and Ancient Sun. Tickets are $8; all ages; doors at 7:30pm. 

"Zombies invade the Australian Outback." I'll admit, I stopped reading there, because that's all I need to know. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is showing at The Enzian this Friday (and Saturday!) at midnight; tickets are $7.50 - $10. 

Saturday, March 21st

Rise and shine! This Saturday at 9:30am, Orlando Bike Tours is hosting its second event, Coffe Crawl. Tickets start at $20 and include a ride to three local coffee houses/roasters guided by Jimmy Sherfey. (Yes, the same Mr. Sherfey who wrote about Daybreak Coffee and Vespr right here on our little blog.) 

It's the third Saturday, and that means it's time for another Vintage Faire & Flea Market, hosted by the Orlando Elks (7:15am to 3:00pm). Meanwhile, Spring into Spring is a great way to explore Artegon with live jazz, free snacks and wine, and local artists' shops (6:00 to 8:00pm). 

If you follow local happenings, you've no doubt heard about the potential development that could happen on the city-run-but-privately-owned park in downtown's South Eola neighborhood. Show the City and the property owners that you want this piece of land and its historic oaks to stay a park at this Saturday's Save the Live Oaks at Constitution Green Rally & Picnic

Wee-woo wee-woo: Lit event alert! This year's first Functionally Literate is happening at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center this Saturday at 7:00pm. It's free and features readers Ellen Datlow, Pat Rushin, and Teege Braune (info on them is on the event page!), as well as book signings, everyone's favorite mini-bookstore Bookmark It, and beer/wine for purchase. 

The search for Orlando Philharmonic's next Music Director is on! Check out one of the finalists, Leslie B. Dunner, as he conducts Rimma Plays Sibelius this Saturday at 8:00pm; tickets are $20. 

Sunday, March 22nd

So, I'm still not entirely sure what Joe's NYC Bar is, but it's happening again this Sunday at 3:00pm and I'm intrigued. Tickets are $16.

Don't forget: The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and the Fort Christmas Bluegrass and Craft Festival are still going on this weekend.

Leave a comment and tell us what you're up to this weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Weekend Preview: March 13th - 15th, 2015

By Luis Lazo, on display at Snap! Space Structure & Perspective
Weekend Events

Did anyone say Acro Cats?! This is the last weekend they'll be in Orlando, so grab your tickets for a show this Thursday through Sunday.

Lads and lassies, listen up. Raglan Road is back with its annual Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival, going on this weekend through Tuesday with tons of live music and dancing, as well as drink specials.

Friday, March 13th

This Friday, check out the March Conductor Crawl with a new and improved ride to Winter Park. This is a free event, but check out one of the new passes for a worry-free night. We'll see you at Kasa at 6:00pm!

Insight is an exhibition by the Orlando Camera Club, happening this Friday at Jai Gallery. Starting at 6:00pm, the gallery comes alive with photos, music, and a cash bar. 

IDEAS For Us presents Eco-Film: Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, this Friday at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 and include some mingling, music, and snacks followed by a screening and discussion with the director and other local experts. 

A new exhibit, Structure & Perspective, is opening this Friday at Snap! Space. Hang out with over a dozen of the show's artists while sipping on fancy drinks by Courtesy and enjoying tunes from DJ Nigel. This is a free event, but be sure to RSVP

Saturday, March 14th

Happy π day! It also happens to be the day of Nerd Nite Orlando's 2-Year Anniversary. To celebrate, presenters are joined this time by trivia, contests (pie and otherwise), music, magic, and drinks. Tickets are $10 presale or $15 at the door. 

Beer is the motto at The Downtown Brew this Saturday from 4:00 to 8:00pm, when Church Street and iHeart Radio team up to give you unlimited beer samples, food vendors, and DJs. Tickets are $20. 

Guys, spoil yourselves this Saturday at Cloak & Dapper's Shave the Day Pop Up Barber. Grab a complimentary beer and enjoy a quality straight-edge shave.

This one's for the East Orlando crowd: From 10:00am to 6:00pm, stop by Taste of Oviedo for lots of activities, circus acts, kids' stuff, and plenty of food and drink. Free!

If you're looking for us this Saturday between 2:00 and 8:00pm, we're probably at Acme Comics battling goblins at the D Adventuring Party. No experience (sorry, XP) necessary; $5. 

Come out and get sloshed appreciate local shops at Ivanhood's Virginia Drive Live with a beer tent, vendors, food trucks, and wine stroll ($15); 6:00 to 10:00pm.

Sunday, March 15th

Rise and shine, shoppers! The DeLand Indie Market is back this Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Artisan Alley. 

40 food trucks and only five awards? What is a truck to do? The free Food Truck Wars will figure it out, with tons of food, live music, beer garden, and more. It's happening this Sunday from noon to 6:00pm. 

This Sunday, let jazz vocalist Whitney James enchant you at the Timucua Whitehouse while mingling and browsing art by Nathalie Chikhi. Doors open at 7:00pm, free (donations accepted), and BYOB. 

What's going on in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment below!